- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn is calling Illinois the “land of Garth Brooks.”

The Chicago Democrat put a temporary twist on the state’s official slogan as the “Land of Lincoln” while attending the country music star’s Thursday news conference in suburban Chicago. Quinn sat in the front row as Brooks took questions before a concert kicking off his world tour. Brooks plans 11 concerts at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

Quinn is seeking re-election with a challenge from Republican businessman Bruce Rauner (ROW-nur). He’s spent much of the week touting efforts to spend on a minimum wage budget for seven days.

His running mate is lieutenant governor candidate Paul Vallas. Vallas campaigned on his own Thursday calling Rauner out of touch with Illinois voters, which Rauner’s campaign disputes.

Quinn didn’t take questions.

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